12 January 2005 - The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) will match the first $2,000 of contributions from its members to this fund. If you contribute $50, then GAIA will contribute a matching $50 to double your donation size!

Among pressing survival issues are severe problems regarding waste and sanitation. GAIA members in affected areas have requested support for dealing with waste and related issues. GAIA is establishing a special fund to support its members working on waste and related environmental health issues in Tsunami impacted communities. Understandably in the aftermath of such a huge disaster, waste management issues often become forgotten in the immediate need to help survivors. With participation from the international com-munity, wecan support our members working on BOTH immediate survival and longer
term sustainable solutions to waste management.

The funds will be re-granted to organizations in each of the four hardest hit countries where we have active members currently engaged in relief and rebuilding programs: Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Fully aware that often contributions given in good faith to such appeals end up in the pockets of the military, high ranking politicians or the IMF/World Bank as part of loan repayments. Any money donated to the GAIA appeal will be sent to trusted small organizations based in the recipient countries where its most needed.

To contribute to this fund, please send a check or money order to either the U.S. or the Philippines.

In the U.S., GAIA is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Ecology Center. Tax-deductible contributions payable to The Ecology Center- GAIA/Tsunami Fund and mailed to: GAIA, 1442A Walnut Street, #20, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA. For more information, please contact Ann Leonard at aleonard@no-burn.org

If you would prefer to send your contribution to the Philippines, please make out a check or money order to Von S. Hernandez and send to GAIA: Unit 320, Eagle Court, 26 Matalino St., 1101 Quezon City, Philippines. To contact the GAIA Secretariat, please e-mail Abi, Gigie or Manny or call +632- 9290376.

We are currently working on setting up the process for secure on-line credit card donations via our website, so if you would prefer to donate via credit card, please check our website ( www.no-burn.org) for updates.
Together with you in mourning and in reaching out, The GAIA Coordination Team: Abi, Ann, Cecilia, Christie, Fatou, Gigie, Manny, Monica, Von The GAIA Steering Committee: George Cheng, Von Hern-andez, Ann Leonard, Veronica Odriozola, Bobby Peek, Ralph Ryder